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As clients come in looking for a new style this season, it might be time to graduate them to a new look (pun intended)! Graduation is a great way to add interest to any haircut, especially shorter styles because the variance in weight can be used to create cool shapes and accents. From updating a pixie to giving a shag a specific spot of interest, graduation can be used in all lengths. “Graduation can be worked into longer cuts too, the results are just a bit more diffused,” says Carruthers.​ 

Andrew Carruthers, Education Director for Sam Villa, says there are 5 things to think about in order to execute graduation correctly.

5 Tips for Getting Graduation Right

1.     Work with the head-shape! Create cutting lines that curve with the natural head shape for a softer more balanced effect versus straight hard lines.

2.     Use a higher elevation and finger angle/cutting line to develop a leaner graduation that works well for super short haircuts.

3.     Choose a lower elevation to maintain more weight.

4.     Take more vertical sections for lean graduation, horizontal sections for low and heavy graduation, or diagonal sections when attempting to build weight in a certain direction.

5.     Razors and graduation play well together because razors create a more lived-in edge and it's easier to create a curved cutting line.

Our top product picks:

Sam Villa Essential Series Shears


Sam Villa Signature Series Razor

For even more hair care and styling tricks, be sure to stalk Sam Villa Professional on Bangstyle and check out all of his tools in the Bangstyle Store!